If the vCenter Server system failed and you had to recover or reinstall it together with VSA Manager, the VSA cluster is still running but is no longer registered with vCenter Server and VSA Manager. You can use the VSA Installer wizard to recover the running VSA cluster. Recovering the VSA cluster in VSA Manager does not make changes to the cluster.

Verify that the environment meets the VSA cluster recovery prerequisites.

The IP addresses of the ESXi hosts did not change

The VSA cluster is online and its virtual machines are still running

All ESXi hosts in the cluster have the same root password

vCenter Server is installed on the same or different computer

The database of the failed vCenter Server is not restored

Install VSA Manager with the new vCenter Server installation.

Create a new datacenter in vCenter Server. The datacenter name must not be VSADC as the VSA cluster recovery workflow creates a datacenter with that name. If a datacenter with the VSADC name exists, the recovery fails.


Open the VSA Manager tab for the new datacenter.


On the Welcome page of the VSA Installer wizard, select Recover VSA Cluster and click Next.


On the VSA Cluster Information page of the VSA Installer wizard, type the required information to recover the existing VSA cluster and click Next.



VSA Cluster IP Address

Type the VSA cluster IP address.


If you type a wrong IP address, VSA Manager cannot recover the VSA cluster and shows an error message.

VSA Cluster User Name

Type svaadmin.

VSA Cluster Password

Type the VSA cluster password. The default VSA cluster password is svapass.

Host User Name

Type root.

Host Password

Type the ESXi host password.

The system checks the status of the VSA cluster you are recovering. If the cluster is online, you can proceed with the recovery. You cannot continue if the cluster is offline.


For the online cluster, click Next.


On the Verify Information page, review the information that you provided and confirm that you accept the VSA security policy.


Click Recover.


In the confirmation dialog box, click Yes.

The Recover VSA cluster page appears.

The Recover VSA Cluster page shows the progress of the recovery task.

After the recovery process completes, click Reconfigure to open the reconfigure network wizard. For information, see Reconfigure the VSA Cluster Network.